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Amitayus from the private collection of Sogyal Rinpoche

Tenshyuk ([Tib. བརྟན་བཞུགས་, Wyl. brtan bzhugs) literally 'stable remaining' is a long life practice which involves making offerings to a teacher and requesting him to remain long in this world for the benefit of beings.

It can be quite a simple practice during which we offer representations of enlightened body, speech and mind (possibly with the addition of qualities and activity), for the sake of tendrel, and request the teacher to remain by reciting prayers for his long life. When done elaborately, it can include a practice called khandröi sundok, or ‘turning back the summons of the dakinis’, during which offerings are made to the dakinis of the five families in order to dispel obstacles to the life of the master.

Tenshyuk Ceremonies for Sogyal Rinpoche

For several years now, following the advice of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the Rigpa Sangha have been performing regular tenshyuk ceremonies for Sogyal Rinpoche.

Teachings About Tenshyuk

  • Sogyal Rinpoche, Haileybury, UK, 24 April 2011
  • Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, New Delhi, 11 January 2015 Read here
  • Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 19 July 2015 Read here

Further Reading

  • Cabezón, Jose, I. "Firm Feet and Long Lives: The Zhabs brtan Literature of Tibetan Buddhism" in Cabezón and Jackson, ed., Tibetan Literature: Studies in Genre, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1996

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